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Home Insulation and Mold Protection

Home Insulation and Mold Protection

August 14, 2020

home insulation and mold protection

If you live in a particularly humid climate, here is always a risk of mold and mildew growth in various parts of your home—and your insulation is no exception. If you want to learn more about the relationship between home insulation and mold protection and the steps you can take to prevent mold growth, check out this guide by the pros at DFW Thermal!

How to Prevent Mold Growth in General

There are several steps you can take to prevent mold from growing in various parts of your home. Mold primarily grows in damp, dark and usually unclean areas, so it is up to you to make sure your home is well-maintained, dry and clean. Here are some ways to prevent mold:

  • Have Better Ventilation

Having well-functioning exhaust fans of the right size in your homes can keep odors out and the moisture level in your home limited. Make sure your exhaust fans are in good condition and open your windows and doors for a little bit to ensure ventilation.

  • Keep Sinks, Bathtubs and Showers Clean

After you’re done using your sink, bathtub or shower, make sure to wipe them down to prevent moisture collection. If these areas are left damp for a long time, mold will inevitably start to grow.

  • Inspect for Leaks

Leaks can cause water damage, mold growth and high water bills. Make sure you inspect your plumbing fixtures and pipes for leaks monthly!

How to Protect Insulation from Mold

If your insulation has been through water damage or has been exposed to a lot of moisture, chances are it might see some mold growth. However, there are steps that can be taken to prevent mold growth in your insulation.

  • Consider Fiberglass Insulation

If you don’t already have fiberglass insulation, we highly recommend it. Not only is it cheap and effective, it is also a non-biodegradable substance that is resistant to mold. Cellulose insulation on the other hand is made of paper, which means if it becomes wet, it can become nutrition for mold. So if you want more mold-resistant insulation, consider fiberglass.

  • Consider Spray Foam Insulation

Another mold-resistant type of insulation is spray foam. When sprayed on, it comes off as shaving cream but when it cures it hardens into an impenetrable barrier. It can resist air flow and moisture making it nearly impossible for mold to grow.

  • Check for Duct Leaks

Insulation is often around your ducts and if there are any duct leaks, that insulation is vulnerable. Duct leaks can not only worsen indoor air quality and place a burden on your HVAC system, but it can also let unnecessary moisture in. If the insulation around your ducts is exposed to high levels of moisture, it will be prone to mold growth.

Have any more questions about home insulation and mold protection? Get in touch with the pros at DFW Thermal! Call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service with us on our website!